Free from the hustle and bustle involved with trying to snatch European places, as well as the fear of loitering on the Premier League breadline, the sanctuary of mid-table is just what Southampton need as they prepare to jet off on their summer holidays.
The home side’s mindset suits Everton too, who, unlike the Saints, are no longer content with the easy life and have decided to shoot for Champions League stardom.
If they are to attain this lofty ambition, victory at St Mary’s is essential and at 7/5, they look an excellent price to achieve it.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are slight outsiders at 7/4, while the draw is on offer at 12/5, but it’s the 33/10 about an away win to nil that warrants the most fanfare.
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Here are the reasons why they will:
After losing four road games on the spin, Everton have racked up a hat-trick of away wins ahead of this sojourn.
These successes contribute to a run of seven victories in eight that have pushed the Merseysiders to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal with three games remaining.
Mitigation for the alluded to four-match losing streak comes in the fact that it involved trips to Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and the Gunners.
Ruthlessness was demonstrated in the three games that followed, with comprehensive slayings of Newcastle, Fulham and Sunderland suggesting they know how to get the job done against those of inferior stature.
Southampton are yet to find the back of the net since the unfortunate injury suffered by Jay Rodriguez.
The Saints have been mourning the season-ending knee problem that befouled the Lancastrian Latino and haven’t scored in open play since he was carried off at Manchester City.
Both of the adversaries that followed the Citizens were able to successfully stymie the south coast club’s attack and Everton are primed to add to the bagel buffet Pochettino’s side are stuffing their faces on.
Only Chelsea have enforced more shut outs on their opponents than Roberto Martinez’s charges.
The 14 clean sheets managed by the Merseysiders accounts for 40 per cent of their matches and ten of these have ended in victory.
Southampton are next in the crosshairs and their record against those residing in the top-half doesn’t inspire confidence of an upset; they’ve been bested on eight of their 16 dust ups with those stationed tenth or higher, winning on a paltry two occasions.